Andipatti is a taluk headquarters, comprising a number of
villages including small hamlets in the ghat section of
Varushanad hill ranges. Handlooms, textiles are popular
Balasubramaniya Temple :
One of the important temples in Periyakulam is
Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple. This was constructed by
Rajendra Chola nearly 2000 years ago. Legend : Once king Rajendra Chola went for hunting in Agamalai
near the banks of the Varaha river. There a pig was feeding
milk to its young ones. The king unknowingly killed the pig.
Seeing the hunger of the young pigs, Lord Muruga fed the
piglets. King Rajendra Chola saw this amazing sight, and
constructed this temple in memory of this Divine event. This
temple is considered equal to Kasi. Since Brahma theertha
runs in this river it is believed that any incurable disease
is cured when we have a bath in this river water. The idol
of Lord Muruga with six faces seems to have been pierced
from the ground-under. Lord Muruga, seen here with his
consorts, blesses all his devotees. The old name of
Periyakulam is Kuzhanthai Maanagaram.
It is also know as “The South Kashmir”. The City of
Bodinayakanur is beautifully located in the foot hills of
Western Ghats, Tamilnadu. It is a market place for cardamom,
coffee, tea, pepper, and silkcotton. The city is also called
as “Cardamom City” because of the large quantity of cardamom
trade in this area. The people in this city speak Tamil
language. But of late owing to immigrants from other states,
there has been a discernible increase in the number of
languages spoken in this city. Today several languages such
as Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and other Indian languages are
being spoken in the city. Agriculture is the main source of
livelihood for the majority of the population. The weather
is nice and moderate throughout the year. Bodinayakanur is
also famous for its sweet and tasty water.
Bodi Medu :
A hill resort situated at a height of 4500 feet, a place
of scenic splendour. It is 26 kms from Bodinayakkanur.
Cloud Land Falls (Chinna Suruli) :
Situated 54 kms from Theni near Kombaithozhu Village.
This falls originate in the Megamalai - This is popularly
known as Chinna Suruli.
20 km from Theni. Formerly known as “Harikesarinallur”
and it is mentioned in “Tholkappiam”. This municipal town is
a business hub for the nearby villages. Weekly Shandy here
is very popular. Sivagamiamman Temple located on the banks
of the Mullai river is worth visiting.
3 kms from Devadanapatti in Theni. Mini Bus & Share auto
services available. The main shrine in Devadanapatti is
Kamatchi Amman Temple. It is situated on the banks of the
Manjal river. Important Festival : The important festival in
Kamatchi Amman Temple are Masi Maham and Shivarathri, which
falls in Feb-Mar.
Kamatchiamman Temple :
Devadhanapatti The temple Kamatchi Amman is situated 23
Km from Periyakulam. The festival is being celebrated during
the tamil month “Vaikasi” .Special poojas will be performed
every month on full moon day. The temple is about 200 years
Kannagi Temple :
The shrine is located about seven km from Pazhiankudi in
Theni district and had been within the limits of ward 21 of
Gudalur Municipality, before Kerala made a claim to it.
Cheran Chenguttuvan, the king of Kerala, had erected the
temple for Kannagi at Vannathiparai and called it
Mangaladevi Kannagi temple and performed regular pujas.
Festival : Single day festivity during Chitra Pournami day
is in the interstate border.
Suruli Falls situated 8 Km from Kambam, 56 km
from Theni of Western Ghats. When driving to the falls,
you can see glorious views along side of the road. You
can see many Grape Gardens and you can purchase fresh
grapes there. Don’t miss to take the photos of the pure
The Suruli Falls which falls from a height of 150
feet gathers into a pool, flows for a short distance and
again plummets to a depth of 40 feet, offering a
spectacular sight of nature’s raw and wild beauty.
The dense forest that surround it provide an
awesome backdrop. Facilities are available for men and
women to bath separately in This falls.
The special feature of the falls is that it is a
round the year falls. However, the best season to visit
is June - October, when the thickness of the water
column is astounding.
The beauty of this falls finds mention in Tamil
Epic, Silappathikaram written by poet Ilango.
Tourists visiting Thekkadi, the Vaigai dam and
Kumbakarai falls did not fails to visit the Suruli falls
Kailasanathar Temple Cave is located near Suruli
Falls. There are 18 caves in and around the Suruli
The Kailasanathar Cave Temple is situated 800 metres
above the falls and has a spring, which possesses water
of curative powers.
Kumbakarai Falls :
Situated at 9 Km from Periyakulam. The water originates
in Kodaikanal Hills and flows along the rocks and finally
reaches the foot hills. This place is called Kumbakarai. The
travellers come here and take bath in the falls. The water
flows throughout the year; but in rainy seasons the flow
will be very heavy.
Mavoothu Vellapar Temple :
The main attraction in Mavoothu is the Vellappar Temple.
This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges,
20 kms from Andipatti. Nestling among the hills, the temple
is a top a peak, surrounded by natural vegetation. Transport
is available upto the foothills only. This place has a
perennial water source Curative Powers : It is believed that
a ritual bath in the spring and eating food cooked in the
water will cure the incurable of diseases. Puja Timings :
7.30 am to 8.30 am in the morning and 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm in
the evening. Important Festivals : Adi Amavasya (Blue Moon)
and Thai Amavasya are celebrated with gaiety. There is also
an annual festival in the month of Chithirai.
Periyakulam is an important town in Theni District. It is
situated 16 kms from Theni and located in the foothills of
Kodaikkanal. Mangoes of this town are very popular. Mango is
the largest harvest here, considered second only to Salem,
and is exported to foreign countries. During summer the
climate is cool at night, like Kodaikkanal. Periyakulam is
connected with all major towns in Tamil Nadu by road.
Seran’s Fun Park :
4 km from Theni. An ideal place to spend time with your
family and children. The park has children play area, video
games, boat riding, an open air film show area and lazer
light show and amusement activities. ‘Aqua cave’, an amazing
aquarium with more than 100 rare varieties of fishes and sea
species. Visit : 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Near By-pass junction,
Periyakulam Rd, Ph:04546-252962.
Sothupparai Dam :
Sothupparai dam is located at 12 kms from Periyakulam.
This dam is built across the Varaha river. It is a beautiful
picnic spot. The wide expanse of stored water is an
Sri Saneeswaran Temple, Kuchanur 30 km from Theni
Bus stand and 100 from Madurai. Saturn or Saneeswarar is the
main deity worshipped in Kuchanur. The Temple is located at
Kuchanoor near Chinnamanur of Theni District on the banks of
main channel of River Surabhi. Adi Festival (Jul-Aug.)
celebrated for five weeks. Also the Sani (Saturn) transit
day is observed very devotionally occurring once in every
two and half years. Time : 6am - 1pm & 4pm - 8pm. Bus
facilities are available from Theni. The nearest railway
stations are Theni.
Suruli falls-Abubacker Masthan Dargah :
is an important place of pilgrimage in Suruli. This is
the place where the body of Abubacker Masthan is interned.
This is very close to the cave temple of Kailasanathar.
Abubacker was a Muslim mystic who lived around the 1630s.
The Kailasanathar Cave Temple :
It is situated 800 metres above the fall and has a spring,
which possesses water of curative powers. The holy water
from the water falls is said to cure several diseases. The
Festivals during the months of Adi Thai and Chitrai are
important ones. This hill has been mentioned in the epics
Theertha Thotti :
8 km from Theni. This natural spring is located on the
Madurai-Kochi national highway between Theni and
Bodinayakkanur. Subramanya Temple here is a popular pilgrim
centre. Temple Visit : 6 am to 1 pm & 3 to 8 pm.
Tiger Falls :
A dainty fall on the route to Munnar between Bodi and
Bodimedu from Theni. This also a wonderful picnic spot.
Vaigai Dam :
Constructed across the river of Mullai near Andipatti
village, 25 Km from Theni. The main source of water for
irrigation in Madurai is from Vaigai. The Children park, Zoo
etc. are fast developing areas at the dam site.
Megamalai is located on the slopes of the Western
Ghats, amidst the lush green Tea plantations and
Cardamom estates. It is popularly called ‘High Wavy
Mountains’. It is a cool and misty mountain range and
lies at a distance of 130 km from Madurai.
A perfect place for nature lovers, its altitude is
1,500 m above sea level. The vegetation of the
Meghamalai hills includes scrub forests at the
foothills, stretches of tea and coffee estates, spice
plantations of pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and the dense
evergreen forest cover.
Megamalai is also host to a wide variety of birds,
mammals, reptiles and butterflies. The most commonly
seen animals are Tiger, Leopard, Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur,
Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar,
Porcupine, Nilgiri Langur, Lion-Tailed Macaque, Common
Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Sloth Bear, Grey Jungle Fowl,
Smooth-Coated Otter and Flying Squirrel. Resident and
migratory elephants can also be seen wandering in groups
It is also an ideal place for bird watching. In the
forests over 100 species of birds have been identified.
The Meghamalai ranges are also the birth place of the
Megamalai falls. Best time to visit : September to March.
are the main produce of the district.
Cumbum Valley is a major centre for
Grape production with 4,000 small
farmers producing over 90,000 tonnes of
Muscat Grapes, know locally as “panneer
dhrakshai” and about 10,000 tonnes of
Thomson seedless grapes. The unique
feature here is that the grapes are
harvested throughout the year, while in
most grape growing centres elsewhere the
season ends with summer.
Veerapandi Gowmariamman Temple:
which is located here attracts many pilgrims. This 14th
century temple was built by Pandya King Veerapandi. Pandya
King is said to have regained his vision by praying to
Gowmariyamman and Kanneeswaramudaiyar. Close by the temple,
the perennial Mullai river runs its course. The temple is
nearly 8 kms from Theni Bus stand. Ph : 04546-246242
Veerappa Ayyanar Statue :
The temple is situated 3 Km at Allina garam, 6 Km away
from Theni. The temple is very famous in and around Theni.
Every year the festival is celebrated on the “first day” of
Tamil month of “Chitrai”
Velli Malai :
A dense forested place replete with natural flora and
fauna is located 6.5 kms from Theni in the Varushanadu hill
ranges. Vellimalai is famous for the Lord Murugan Temple
called as “Bala Subramaniya Swamy Koil” located atop of the
hill Vellimalai. The famous festivals of the temple are
“Sasti Sura Samkaram”- killing of Suran, the demon leader by
Lord Bala Subramaniya Swamy and Vaikasi Visakam. From the
top of the hill the major part of the green Kanya Kumari
District can be viewed, which will be a mind blowing
experience for nature lovers.
Uthamapalayam has two old temples one dedicated to Lord
Shiva, Sri Kaalahasthiishwara Swami temple, and the other
one to Lord VishNu, Sri Narasimha Swami temple. Sri
Kaalahasthishwara Swami temple is situated on the bank of
river periyaaru, where it runs uththaravaahini (towards
north), which is considered quite auspicious. It is amid of
green paddy fields. It is said that one of the devotee here
used to go to Kaalahasthi regularly. When he became old he
was not able to go to Kaalahasthi to pray the Lord. So the
God of Kaalahasthi appeared in this village to bless him.
Hence the place is called Dhakshina Kaalahasthi or
ThenKalathasthi. It is a history that three kings who ruled
the nearby regions came to a war pact and started
constructing the temple at this place. The temple also
lodges some nice paintings belonging to Naayakkar dynasty.
Sri Narasimha Swami temple is situated inside the town.
Tea estates and dams :
Highwavys is a view point that will afford a wonderful
view of the entire mountains range of Varusanadu Hills.
There few large private tea, spices and coffee plantations
all around, notable include Highways estate (The Woodbriar
Group), Ananda Plantations and Ponsiva Plantations have the
largest holdings of plantations in Meghamalai, an artificial
lake and plenty of scope for making leisurely walks. Six
dams on the hill and originating place of Suruli Theertham (Suruli
falls near Cumbum town) are popular attractions for
tourists. From Manalar dam, one can view the deep Cumbum
Valley and the villages of Theni district. The Department of
Tourism has planned to introduce boat or ferry service to
enable tourists to enjoy the pristine beauty of the hill.
celebration of Gowmariyamman temple
festival at Veerapandi during the month
of May, Veerappa Ayyanar festival at Theni.
Kamatchi Amman festival at Devadhanapatti and
festival at Kuchanoor are the most improtant festivals of the district.
Theni district is known for its
brilliant celebration of Pongal, which
is considered to be one of the most
important festivals of Tamil Nadu.
Pallavarayanpatti near to Uthamapalayam
is very famous for its “Jallikattu”
during the Pongal festival.
Another important festival is Chitra
Pournami festival, which is celebrated
at Sri Mangala Devi Kannagi temple, on
the Western Ghats near Gudalur during
the month of May.
The other most important festivals of
the region are the festivals of Masi
Maham and Shivarathri which are
celebrated in the Kamatchi Amman Temple
during the months of February-March.